Can I be evicted during COVID-19?Updated Apr 30
On April 8, 2021, the government made an stopping the ’s office from evicting most tenants during the current COVID-19 state of emergency. This “eviction freeze” ends when the stay-at-home order ends in your public health region.
The (LTB) is still holding eviction hearings during this eviction freeze. For more information, read Are LTB hearings going ahead in the COVID-19 pandemic?
If the stay-at-home order is in effect
Most tenants in Ontario are protected by the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). If you’re protected by the RTA, your landlord can’t you by themselves, and they can’t hire a private bailiff or anybody else to evict you. That was illegal before the eviction freeze, and it’s still illegal. They have to follow a certain process to evict you.
Only a Sheriff can enforce eviction orders in Ontario. And during the eviction freeze, the Sheriff can only evict a tenant if the eviction order says that the Sheriff can “expedite” or speed up the eviction. This can happen when tenants are accused of unsafe or illegal conduct.
If you think your landlord might try to evict you without the Sheriff, you can contact the Rental Housing Enforcement Unit (RHEU) at 1-888-772-9277 (toll-free) or 416-585-7214. The RHEU is part of the Ministry of Housing. Its job is to try to make sure landlords and tenants follow the law. RHEU staff might contact your landlord to discuss the situation. Sometimes this can solve the problem. If that doesn’t work, try to get legal help right away.
Is there anything else I can do to stop my eviction?
The eviction freeze only delays evictions. It doesn’t remove the LTB decision to evict you. The rules and steps for fighting an eviction order are the same as they were before the eviction freeze.
Read your eviction order carefully. The order will have information on what to do if you disagree with the decision. It will also say how much time you have to appeal the decision.
For more information about what you can do after getting an eviction order, read Eviction Process at the Landlord and Tenant Board.